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Backfires, fire lines and structure protection rule the day on 416 fire near Durango, Hermosa

By: JONATHAN ROMEO, The Durango Herald
June 11, 2018 Updated: June 11, 2018 at 8:20 pm
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This Saturday, June 9, 2018 photo shows the results of a previous back burn to keep the the wildfire from advancing towards homes along County Road 201 near Hermosa, Colo. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)

DURANGO • San Juan National Forest is to close Tuesday for the first time ever, as the 416 fire continues to rage on the forest, along with the uncontained 1,000-acre Burro fire.

The 416 fire was 15 percent contained Monday as it continued to crackle near Hermosa and Durango, along the west side of U.S. 550 and in rough and inaccessible terrain.

The blaze has scorched 22,131 acres and prompted more than 2,100 evacuations, but firefighters kept the 416 fire from crossing the final quarter-mile to burn Hermosa-area homes. Crews also have prevented the fire from crossing to the east side of U.S. 550.

The blaze turned south toward Hermosa about 5 p.m. Sunday and raced 1 mile within an hour.

Read more at durangoherald.com.

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